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David Sterling Brown: Do You Hear What I Hear? Shakespeare, Race and the “Listening Ear”

Wednesday 27 April 2022, 17.30BST   Virtually everyone knows what race looks like. But what does race sound like?  And what does race sound like in Shakespearean drama, on the page or on the stage?  During this talk, Dr David Sterling Brown will discuss, in relationship to Shakespeare’s dramatic literature, the “sonic colour line” and …

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At Last, the Leopards

Over the last few years, the soundscapes network has been working with Speke Hall, a National Trust property on the outskirts of Liverpool that was built by the Catholic Norris family in the sixteenth century. The acoustic space of the building connects to the Norris family’s faith: you can read my previous post about the …

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‘The common folk… live on songs’: Reflections on Hilary Mantel’s Mirror and the Light.

‘The common folk… live on songs’: Reflections on Hilary Mantel’s Mirror and the Light. In this blog, I wanted to share some of my musings on the role of song in Hilary Mantel’s Mirror and the Light, which I chatted about earlier this Summer as part of ‘Cardiff BookTalk’. For anyone that would prefer to …

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Cathedral Acoustics in Early Modern England: Exploring and Recreating the Sounds of the Past

‘Close your eyes, it’s the 17th century and you are awaiting a sermon at the York Minster. Who is speaking? How are they speaking? What are they saying? What does it sound like? What sounds can you hear in the background? These are some of the questions that the field of historical soundscapes studies reflects …

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Hearing proclamations in seventeenth century Scotland

I first looked at proclamations during the middle stages of my doctoral research, after becoming drawn to the way they mirrored the other spoken or ‘performed’ media of later seventeenth-century Scotland that I was already writing about. Like official celebrations, public executions, and even many seditious protests, proclamations were staged at burgh mercat crosses and …

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What’s in an Accent?

Accents accrue strong connotations over time and qualify speakers as powerfully as other markers of identity, such as gender, class, ethnicity or race. Very much like attitudes to other markers of identity, attitudes to accents are in a state of constant flux, and phoneticians regularly trace the inevitable decline in the prestige value attributed to …

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Archiving the soundscape

Following on from our first workshop meeting in Vancouver in March, in September, we collaborated with the research team at Wellcome Collection to explore sound in the archives from a global, theoretical and historical perspective. Wellcome houses an exceptional collection of early modern rare books, manuscripts, prints and art works, and this gave us a …

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